Love is and was my Lord and King,
And in his presence I attend
To hear the tidings of my friend,
Which every hour his couriers bring.
Love is and was my King and Lord,
And will be, tho' as yet I keep
Within his court on earth, and sleep
Encompass'd by his faithful guard.
And hear at times a sentinel
Who moves about from place to place,
And whispers to the world of space,
In the deep night, that all is well.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1809-1892